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Announcements for the weeks of Nov. 17 and 24

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

It is with deep sadness that I announce the death of Maureen McGarry, dean of Health and Rehabilitative Sciences. Maureen had been with CCRI for more than 25 years and had been a dean since 1999. She came to CCRI in 1988 as a nursing faculty member who worked out of an old hospital dormitory in Newport. Since then she had become instrumental to the college's Health and Rehabilitative Sciences programs and founded the nursing alumni chapter. For her longtime dedication to CCRI, she was honored with the Honorary Alumni Award last year during our Society of the Knights "Knight of Stars" event.

It is difficult to put into words how much Maureen did for the college, our students, and for the nursing community and profession as a whole. You can read more about her vast accomplishments and affiliations, her passion for nursing and for spending time with her family in her obituary online. It is a lovely tribute to her.

A message from Vice President for Business Affairs David Patten

Roof work has begun as part of our ongoing facility upgrades at the Liston Campus in Providence. College Police will help keep traffic disruption at a minimum when contractors are bringing materials onto the site. All involved understand that classes and campus activities are taking place and will do everything possible to minimize interruptions. Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of December. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact David Snow.

An invitation from President Di Pasquale

I would like to invite all faculty and staff to join me for a Holiday Coffee Hour at each campus in December. It is a wonderful chance for all of us to meet in a social setting and enjoy one another's company. Coffee hours will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following days and locations:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus in Warwick
  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the atrium at the Newport County Campus
  • Thursday, Dec. 4, in the atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence
  • Friday, Dec. 5, in the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln

I look forward to seeing you!

A message from Director of Administration William Ferland

As a member of the CCRI community, you have been automatically enrolled in the Rave Emergency Alert system to receive email messages during emergencies and when adverse weather conditions affect normal campus operations. It is used only in these situations.

This system also has the ability to send text message alerts in these situations.

  • Faculty and staff: Anyone who previously provided a cell phone number through the Rave Emergency Alert system will continue to receive text messages.
  • Staff: If you supplied a cell phone number to Human Resources and/or in the MyCCRI portal, you will receive text messages through this system.

Faculty and staff members who have not previously supplied a cell phone number in one of the above situations and would like to enroll to receive text message alerts or update your cell phone number, visit the Rave Emergency Alert registration page.

Text message and data rates may apply. You may opt out of receiving text messages; please visit the Rave Emergency Alerts FAQs page for instructions on how to do so. If you opt out, you will still receive email alerts to your CCRI-issued email account.

Appreciation for money raised for breast cancer research

Thank you to faculty and staff at the Flanagan Campus who raised more than $400 for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Fundraiser participants were automatically entered in a drawing for a dozen gift cards and we'd like to congratulate the winner, Sarah Masterson.

Although Breast Cancer Awareness Month has passed, donations still will be accepted throughout the year. Please contact Gina Santoro or Jean Potvin if you would like to donate to this year's fundraiser or unused gift cards for next year's drawing.

Thank you to everyone who participated or donated.

-- Gina Santoro, Jean Potvin and Denise Yordy

Writing Center coordinator to present at book event

MayflowerDreamsDr. Karen Petit, writing center coordinator and adjunct faculty member, will be a presenter at "Mayflower Dreams" a photo show and book signing that will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Cranston Public Library.

For more information on upcoming events and her novels "Mayflower Dreams" and "Banking on Dreams," visit Petit's website.

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New Announcements

PatPat's Hats fundraiser

PatPat's HatsThe Knight Campus Student Government is hosting a fundraiser to support PatPat's Hats until Dec. 10. PatPat's Hats was established as a way for a family in Connecticut to give back after their son Patrick was diagnosed with desmoplastic medulloblastoma. The organization provides hats and monetary donations to help fight childhood cancer. Read Patrick's story and learn more about PatPat's Hats. Donate new or handmade hats, one gallon plastic bags and funds to support PatPat's Hats at the Knight Student Government Office, Room 1232. Hats will be accepted for children of all ages and must be washable.

Psychology Club presentation

The Psychology Club at the Flanagan Campus will host a presentation by Amanda M. Vanner, visiting lecturter, Psychology. Vanner will help participants discover their mindset, explore fascinating research linked to mindset and learn how it can help individuals reach their fullest academic and professional potential. All are welcome to attend at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, in Room 1442 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony rescheduled

The fall 2014 induction ceremony for the newest members of Pi Omicron, the CCRI chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, in the cafeteria at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. All students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to attend this event, which recognizes and celebrates many of the colleges highest achieving students.

Anyone with questions should contact CCRI chapter advisers, Laurie Sherman or Sue Apshaga.

Student Nurse Organization holiday fundraisers

The CCRI Student Nurse Organization is hosting two fundraisers during the holiday season:

  • Food drive: Nonperishable food items will be collected at the Knight, Flanagan and Liston campuses. Donations can be dropped off at designated Rhode Island Community Food Bank bins in each cafeteria or at Nursing offices on each campus through Thanksgiving.
  • Toys for Tots: Toys will be collected at all four campus Nursing office locations. The deadline for donations is Thursday, Dec. 11.

For more information, contact

"Hoot's Chalk Talk"

hootenThe CCRI Department of Athletics will host "Hoot's Chalk Talk," from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1 in Room 2344 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The program, developed by the Taylor Hooton Foundation, raises awareness and discusses the dangers of appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Visit the Athletics Web page for more information.

Information sessions for studying in Mexico

Learn about studying abroad next summer in Oaxaca, Mexico, during information sessions scheduled for:

  • 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, Knight Campus (Warwick), Room 6414
  • 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, Liston Campus (Providence), Room 1164
  • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, Newport County Campus, Room 220
  • 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, Flanagan Campus (Lincoln), Room 1531

Contact Dr. Hossiri Godo-Solo or Professor Elizabeth Morais with any questions.

CCRI children's holiday party

Liston Student Government is hosting a CCRI children's holiday party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence. There will be a DJ, gifts for children 12 and younger and a visit from Santa. Tickets, which are free, are required for the event and can be acquired from the Student Government office at the Liston Campus.

Chamber Ensemble

Under the direction of Cheri Markward, CCRI instrumental students will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Bobby Hackett Theater at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Admission cost is $5.

Holiday food drive

College Writing, Section 700, is hosting a holiday food drive through Dec. 5 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. Donation boxes for nonperishable food items are located in the cafeteria, faculty office area, the bookstore and the Field House for nonperishable items. All food will be donated to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The Food Drive is one College Writing student project about hunger and its impact. Please contact Gina Santoro with any questions.

Great American Smokeout

The Respiratory Therapy Club at the Flanagan Campus will host a table in the student cafeteria for the Great American Smokeout from 12:15 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The group will have a 50/50 raffle and gum, candy and resources for those interested in quitting smoking or for anyone who stops by. There will be "cold turkey" sandwiches on the menu that day in the cafeteria, and anyone who signs a pledge to quit smoking will get a free cookie.

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Events This Week

"50 Years of Performing Arts at CCRI"

performingartsJoin us to rededicate the recently refurbished Bobby Hackett Theater with an evening of celebrating the college's talented musicians, actors, singers and performers. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21. Featured will be performances by aerial silk acrobat and alumna Jamie Glowacki, CCRI Performing Arts Department students, faculty and alumni, the cast of "Hello Broadway 2014" and house band Steve Smith and The Nakeds. A reception will follow with entertainment by magician Bruce Kalver ’76, special appearances by Mozart and Shakespeare, dessert and refreshments to celebrate CCRI's 50th anniversary. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $5 for students with a valid college ID. Visit the Foundation website for online registration.

Budget priority forms and guidelines for 2015-16

budgetThe forms and guidelines for requesting 2015-16 budgetary priorities are now available online. This process has been highly successful in informing the administration of outstanding requirements. Please forward your departmental responses to your respective division head no later than Friday, Nov. 21. Division heads will have the first opportunity to assess and prioritize requests and forward them for administrative consideration by Friday, Dec. 12. Please remember that divisional approval does not equate to administrative approval. Notifications will be sent for any successful funding opportunities.

Alumni Association seeking nominations

The CCRI Alumni Association is seeking nominations for awards to be presented at its Celebrating Alumni for 50 Years event. There will be 25 awards in total, one from each academic department and one from each of the following categories:

  • Health and Rehabilitative Sciences
  • Business, Science and Technology
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Awards will be presented to CCRI graduates who have been active as community leaders, attained personal and professional success and have brought honor upon themselves and the Community College of Rhode Island. Submit a nomination no later than Nov. 21.

CITLA seeking award nominations

CITLA is calling for nominations for its second annual Fostering Innovative Teaching at CCRI award. The award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has been instrumental in sharing teaching expertise with colleagues. Nomination forms are available online. Send all nomination documents along with a cover sheet to CITLA, care of Michele Quaedvlieg by Thursday, Nov. 20. A CITLA Advisory Board subcommittee will recommend a candidate to Greg Lamontagne, vice president for Academic Affairs, in December and the awardee will be recognized at CITLA's winter workshop in January.

Knight Athletics schedule

The following home matches is scheduled:

Women's basketball

  • 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, vs. Dean College

Men's basketball

  • 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, vs. Notre Dame Prep (scrimmage)
  • 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, vs. Dean College

All home games are played at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Psychology Club presentation

Great American Smokeout

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Ongoing News & Events

Study abroad information session

studyabroadDr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, chair of the Foreign Language Department and coordinator of study abroad programs, is holding a final information session for the semester on studying abroad through the CCRI/College Consortium for International Studies programs. Come learn about a variety of programs for summer, fall or spring terms in more than 30 countries. The session will take place at 2 p.m. on:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3: Warwick, Room 4104, Lincoln, Room 1332, Providence, Room 1208 and Newport, Room 200.

For more information about the study abroad program, visit the website. Anyone with any questions should email Dr. Notarianni-Girard.

Art shows in Lincoln and Warwick

Alumni art exhibition

In celebration of CCRI's 50 anniversary, the Alumni Exhibition features work by former CCRI students who have gone on to become practicing artists in Rhode Island and beyond. The exhibition will be on display at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery, Room 1527, until Nov. 25.

CCRI faculty exhibition

Work in all media by current full- and part-time faculty members of the CCRI Art Department will be on display through Dec. 4 at the Knight Campus Art Gallery, Room 3500, in Warwick.

State payroll now paperless

State employees enrolled in direct deposit can now access their payroll information and view their direct deposit slip online through PaystubRI. Visit the Human Resources Web page for directions on how to register. The last paper direct deposit slips were delivered on Sept. 26. If you are not enrolled in direct deposit and would like to access this service, fill out the form online and return it and a voided check to Human Resources.

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Human Resources

Announcement Corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Coupons available

Coupons will be distributed for the Corner Bakery Café through Dec. 7 and for Macy's from Nov. 25 to Jan. 4 at each campus. Please see the following individuals to pick up the coupons: Mary Baker at Flanagan, Cathy Bio at Liston, Robyn Greene at Newport or Human Resources at Knight.

Inclement weather policy

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up-to-date about policies and procedures, Human Resources would like to ask biweekly employees to
review the Inclement Weather policy. This policy outlines the procedure for canceling classes and/or closing the college during storms. If you should have any questions about this policy, please contact Human Resources at 825-2311.

CCRIPSA bonus project proposals

Proposals for bonus projects for 2014-15 are being accepted from CCRIPSA members through Monday, Dec. 1. The link for the procedures and proposal form can be found on the Human Resources Web page. The committee will make its decisions regarding initial project approval by Wednesday, Dec. 31. The project bonuses will be distributed prior to June 30, 2015. Please submit completed proposals and projects to Human Resources at the Knight Campus. Human Resources will provide copies, as needed, for distribution to the committee at its meetings. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Heiser at ext. 6026 or Sheri Norton at ext. 2311.

Fall training opportunities


The Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium has many opportunities for professional development. Please view the list of fall offerings listed on the Human Resources website. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien.

Another available resource is online training. Did you know that all faculty and staff have 24/7 access to from anywhere? One of the benefits of using is that you can navigate to the specific section of a course that meets your immediate needs. Most courses are broken down into three- to five-minute segments covering specific topics so you can find help with just what you need quickly.

Logging into is easy. Log on to MyCCRI and select the "For Employees" tab, scroll to the bottom right side to locate the "Employee Resources" box. Log into using the link located here with your domain user name and password.

Managing Performance Expectations Program

The R.I. Department of Administration has developed a program to train managers at all levels of state agencies to identify and communicate performance expectations to their subordinates and to turn those managerial challenges into positive results. For more information about this program, please see the Human Resources website. The next class will be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Department of Administration in Providence. Managers should email Michelle O'Brien to register for this program.

Discharge vacation time

Nonclassified employees (CCRIPSA and Board of Education) - The last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Wednesday, Dec. 31. That also is the last day to discharge personal time.

Classified employees (ESPA employees, UNAP employees and classified nonunion employees) - The Office of Human Resources has been notified by State Personnel that the last day to discharge vacation time for accruals in excess of the maximum carryover is Saturday, Dec. 27. The last day to discharge personal time is Wednesday, Dec. 31.

If you have questions about your current balances, please contact Payroll at 401-825-2180.

New hire

Chris DiFazio has been hired as the administrative assistant to the dean of Business, Science and Technology at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

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Last Updated: 11/17/14